This prompt is from The Daily Post‘s blog site where each day they provide a prompt that you can use to write about absolutely anything. I’m not planning to do this every day, but once a week at least.
The prompt for today is: Sympathise.
I sat on the outdoor recliner overlooking the yard, watching the children play. The sun warmed my face and I turned to my best friend, sitting on the recliner next to me. “Another drink?” I asked.
“Sure,” she replied. “I could definitely use it.” She sighed.
“That good, huh?” I asked as I got up from the recliner and got us more ciders from the esky. I handed one to her and sat back down again.
She grunted. “I saw my sister the other day.”
I winced. “Really? How did it go?”
“No change. She still has nothing to do with her kids, still seems to blame me for everything that’s wrong with her life, all because mum and dad see me as the ‘star child’ according to her. So the fact she’s a loser with no home, no job, nothing, it’s my fault.”
“Gosh, still same old, same old,” I said. “I can totally sympathise, she sounds like my brother. At 34 he’s still not taking responsibility for his actions and blaming all his problems on all the rest of the family instead.”
“Maybe my sister and your brother should get together and go bowling,” my friend said.
I laughed. “Maybe they should.”
We sat in silence for a couple of minutes, sipping our ciders.
“So what are you going to do about her?” I asked.
She sighed. “I don’t know. I mean she’s family, but she treats us all like shit, and I think even if someone’s family, it doesn’t mean that you should have them in your life if all they’re going to do is treat you like that.”
I nodded. “Completely agree. I’m in the same boat with my brother. And besides, who needs siblings like them, when I have you, my sister from another mister.” I looked over and winked at her.
She grinned at me. “Absolutely. Family is what you make it.”
Until next time.